Everyone knows that Wei and I are big fans of New York City Ballet's Faye Arthurs. For us she is a perfect ballerina, one of those dancers who has it all: the face, the perfect form, the technical lustre, the glorious extension...and an expressive range that can go from girlish to imperious in the course of an evening, depending on what ballets she's dancing. In the above John Ross photo, Faye as Maria in WEST SIDE STORY with Benjamin Millepied.
In an article singling out some of the best work by dancers during 2008, Gia Kourlas in the NEW YORK TIMES praises our Faye for her performances in THOU SWELL:
"But good performances can happen in bad dances too. Last February in Peter Martins' “Thou Swell,” which re-imagines the stage as a 1930s nightclub for City Ballet, Faye Arthurs, dancing opposite Charles Askegard, tore up the stage. She was ravishing."
Gia also selects seven other dancers from the ballet realm for their New York appearances: Sarah van Patten of San Francisco Ballet, Alina Somova of the Kirov, Leanne Benjamin dancing with MORPHOSES, Jared Angle of NYCB, and Martine van Hamel, Cory Stearns and Roman Zhurbin of ABT. I totally concur with her choices.